The New York town of Niskayuna, with its population of around 20,000 people, is home to one of two world headquarters for GE Global Research, and Verizon has announced a partnership to create a 5G Ultra Wideband network at the lab, which it says will create the “perfect testbed” for new 5G use cases.
According to the launch announcement, the new private 5G network will enable GE researchers to focus on a “broad array of applications, including remote patient monitoring, wireless, real-time control of wind farms and predictive maintenance of connected aircraft engines”.
“Together with Verizon, we are leading the way in innovating on 5G,” said Vic Abate, GE’s CTO. “It marks a pivotal moment for the industrial world, as we finally have a wireless network platform that delivers the speed, scale, reliability and flexibility to connect industrial devices in a truly transformative way.”
Enabling thousands of assets
Verizon already has begun the process of installing its 5G Ultra Wideband network on the Niskayuna campus. And GE Global Research will use the technology to showcase the power of digitally connected and 5G enabled solutions for our customers, and the world.
“Verizon’s 5G will eventually be capable of connecting one million devices per square mile, which is 10x greater than 4G,” explained GE Research’s 5G mission leader, Dr. SM Hasan. “For us, it’s about enabling thousands of assets to be managed in real-time at one-time. 5G’s speed, scale, and near-instantaneous response time are opening new levels of capabilities in the management of assets and operations that engineers previously could only dream of using.”
From AI and machine learning, to time-sensitive networking, to digital twins and autonomous technologies, 5G will be used to create proof-of-concept use cases for the likes of self-driving cars, remote medical procedures, improved energy management, and critical areas within the US defense sector.
“We are excited to work with the GE businesses and key partners like Verizon and the US Department of Defense to translate research to reality and showcase the power of digitally connected and 5G enabled solutions for our customers, and the world,” concluded Eric Tucker, senior director of technical products at GE.